Quick Weekend Getaways Near Manila

Quick Weekend Getaways Near Manila | SEEKER

Looking for ideas for your next road trip? This list's got you covered with nearby destinations arranged by travel time! Find quick getaways, like Rizal and Pampanga, to full 4- or 5-hour drives to Zambales or La Union. Keep this list handy for the next time you're stuck thinking of weekend destinations near Manila.

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1 hour away: MALABON

 SAN BARTOLOME CHURCH  Photo by @ seekertravels

SAN BARTOLOME CHURCH

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Baroque-style Church built in 1564
- Marvel at the church's massive columns, high ceiling, and golden interios 

Duration: 30 minutes
Location: San Agustin

 SY JUCO HERITAGE HOUSE  Photo by @ seekertravels    

SY JUCO HERITAGE HOUSE

Photo by @seekertravels

 

Notes:
- The house of the Sy Juco family was built in 1869 and has endured to this day
- Was once a school and tobacco factory

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Location: Ibaba

 ANGEL CACNIO'S HOUSE & ART GALLERY  Photo by @ seekertravels

ANGEL CACNIO'S HOUSE & ART GALLERY

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Angel Cacnio is the artist behind our P20 and P100 bills
- See his works and samples of the original bills he created

Duration: 1 hour
Location: Hulong Duhat



1.5 hours away: RIZAL

 MASUNGI GEORESERVE  Photo by @ neeelcutter

MASUNGI GEORESERVE

Photo by @neeelcutter

Notes:
- Trail is paved with rocks and concrete blocks
- Weekend slots are booked way in advance

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Budget: P1500 weekday rate, P1800 weekend rate
Location: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras

 TINIPAK RIVER & CAVE  Photo by @ theanxioustraveler

TINIPAK RIVER & CAVE

Photo by @theanxioustraveler

Notes:
- Wear non-slip footwear
- Taking a guide is mandatory
- Can hike the nearby Mt. Daraitan before or after

Duration: 3 hours
Budget: P20 environmental fee, P500 for guide
Location: Tanay

 DARANAK FALLS  Photo by @ amazingmoy

DARANAK FALLS

Photo by @amazingmoy

Notes:
- 14-meter high waterfall
- Best to go early morning or weekdays
- Open daily from 8am-5pm

Duration: 2 hours
Budget: P50 entrance fee, P200 for picnic table
Location: Tanay



2 hours away: PAMPANGA

 SANDBOX  Photo by @ thecherishm

SANDBOX

Photo by @thecherishm

Notes:
- Outdoor adventure facility with rollercoaster zip line, giant swing, high rope adventure course, rappelling, outdoor archery
- Closed on Mondays

Duration: 3.5 hours
Budget: P450 to P750, depending on package
Location: Alviera, Porac

 ANGELES CITY FLYING CLUB  Photo by @ aarongorospe

ANGELES CITY FLYING CLUB

Photo by @aarongorospe

Notes:
- Fly ultralight planes
- Watch planes take-off & land from in-house resto
- Has a swimming pool

Duration: 30 to 90 mins
Budget: P2,466 for 15 mins
Location: Sta. Maria, Magalang

 DECA WAKE PARK  Photo by @ decawake_clark

DECA WAKE PARK

Photo by @decawake_clark

Notes:
- Closes later during weekends & holidays
- Rate includes life vest, helmet and board rental
- Full day rates available 

Duration: 2 hours
Budget: For 2 hours P400 weekday, P500 weekend
Location: Margot, Angeles City



2.5 hours away: LAGUNA

 LAKE PANDIN  Photo by @ seekertravels

LAKE PANDIN

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Ride a bamboo raft to the middle of the lake
- Can have lunch prepared on the raft
- Call ahead to reserve a raft

Duration: 2 hours
Budget: P180 to P500, depending on group size, raft size and inclusion of food
Location: San Pablo

 PAGSANJAN FALLS (OR CAVINTI FALLS)  Photo by @ shugo_ph

PAGSANJAN FALLS (OR CAVINTI FALLS)

Photo by @shugo_ph

Notes:
- 2 ways to the falls: by boat ride through the rapids (via Pagsanjan) or by trekking and rappelling (via Cavinti)
- Visit the Devil's Cave behind the falls

Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Budget: P270 for trek and rappelling gear OR P1250 for boat ride, entrance fee and life vests
Location: Cavinti

 MOUNT MAKILING  Photo by @ _deeeeejay

MOUNT MAKILING

Photo by @_deeeeejay

Notes:
- Choose between 2 trails: UP Los Baños or Sto. Tomas
- Can take a side trip to see the Mud Springs or Flat Rocks
- Flash floods may occur
- Lots of signs along the trail so you wont get lost

Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Budget: P10 entrance fee
Location: Los Baños



3 hours away: BATAAN

 SISIMAN BAY  Photo by @ visualsofevelio

SISIMAN BAY

Photo by @visualsofevelio

Notes:
- Lots of things to do here: Swim, watch the sunset and visit the lighthouse
- Can rappel 100m down Mt. San Miguel
- If staying overnight, pitch a tent or rent a cottage

Duration: 2 hours
Budget: FREE
Location: Sisiman, Mariveles

 MOUNT SAMAT SHRINE  Photo by @ joninegarcia

MOUNT SAMAT SHRINE

Photo by @joninegarcia

Notes:
- Historic landmark with a World War II museum
- Shows a breathtaking view of Bataan
- From the foot of the mountain, you can walk or drive up to the summit

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Budget: P40 entrance fee
Location: Pilar

 LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE AZUCAR  Photo by @ jeromejimm

LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE AZUCAR

Photo by @jeromejimm

Notes:
- Heritage center that transports you to 18th-century Philippines
- Can take a day trip or stay overnight

Duration: full day
Budget: P1000 to P3000, depending on package; P75 per person for kalesa ride
Location: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac



4 hours away: ZAMBALES

 ANAWANGIN COVE  Photo by @ jonnatella

ANAWANGIN COVE

Photo by @jonnatella

Notes:
- Get to the beach by boat or by a 4-hour trek through Mt. Pundaquit
- Save by packing your own tent and food
- No electricity and cellphone signal

Duration: Overnight
Budget: P100 entrance fee
Location: San Antonio

 CAPONES ISLAND  Photo by @ alfiandokrishna

CAPONES ISLAND

Photo by @alfiandokrishna

Notes:
- Trek to the old Capones lighthouse for a view of the horizon
- Best for a short side trip from Anawangin or Nagsasa
- Get here after a 20- to 30-minute boat ride

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Budget: FREE
Location: Pundaquit

 NAGSASA COVE  Photo by @ philippineimages

NAGSASA COVE

Photo by @philippineimages

Notes:
- Get to the beach by boat or by a 5-hour trek through Mt. Nagsasa
- Less crowded version of Anawangin Cove
- Save by packing your own tent and food

Duration: Overnight
Budget
Location: San Antonio



4.5 hours away: BAGUIO

 STRAWBERRY PICKING  Photo by @ iamgretaaaa

STRAWBERRY PICKING

Photo by @iamgretaaaa

Notes:
- Open daily from 6am-11pm
- Picking season runs from November to May
- Go to the farm early to get a lot of fresh picks

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes Budget: P100 entrance fee, P350 to P700/kilo, depending on weight
Location: La Trinidad, Benguet

 MOUNT ULAP  Photo by @ seekertravels

MOUNT ULAP

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- 3 out of 9 on the difficulty scale
- Bring plastic bags for your trash!

Duration: 4 to 7 hours
Budget: P50 registration fee, P600 for guide
Location: Itogon

 BEN CAB MUSEUM  Photo by @ czarina_antolin

BEN CAB MUSEUM

Photo by @czarina_antolin

Notes:
- Open 9am-6pm. Closed on Mondays
- Guided tours of the Museum & Gardens can be arranged at the reception

Duration: 1 to 2 hours Budget: P120 entrance fee (P100 for students, P80 for seniors/PWDs)
Location: Brgy. Zabali



5 hours away: LA UNION

 RED CLAY PAGDAMILIAN  Photo by @ seekertravels

RED CLAY PAGDAMILIAN

Photo by @seekertravels

Notes:
- Walk-ins allowed (except on Sundays) but reservations prioritized
- Finished products can be picked up or delivered for a fee!

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Budget: P500 per person
Location: MacArthur Highway, Taboc, San Juan

 TANGADAN FALLS  Photo by @ meawongka

TANGADAN FALLS

Photo by @meawongka

Notes:
- Has 2 different routes. Longer route (1.5 hours) passes a cliff-jumping area.
- Need a car to get to the shorter route (30 mins).

Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Budget: P30 entrance, P50 life vest, P200 each for guide, P200 total for raft
Location: San Gabriel

 LOMBOY GRAPES FARM  Photo by @ rmninasantos

LOMBOY GRAPES FARM

Photo by @rmninasantos

Notes:
- Picking season happens during the summer
- Open everyday
- Can bring home the grapes for a fee

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Budget: P100 entrance, P250 per kilo of grapes
Location: MacArthur Highway, Bauang



5.5 hours away: BALER

 AMPERE BEACH  Photo by @ dretanjangco

AMPERE BEACH

Photo by @dretanjangco

Notes:
- Stone beach beside road
- Not for swimming, but good for picture-taking
- Go a few minutes before sunrise

Duration: 20 to 40 minutes
Budget: FREE
Location: Dipaculao

 DICASALARIN COVE  Photo by @ artespresso

DICASALARIN COVE

Photo by @artespresso

Notes:
- Good for swimming
- Private beach, not a lot of people
- Climb up the hill to the Baler Lighthouse

Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Budget: P300
Location: Brgy. Zabali

 SURF LESSONS  Photo by @ neomark

SURF LESSONS

Photo by @neomark

Notes:
- Wear a rash guard
- Can find instructors all around the beach

Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Budget: P350 per hour, with instructor
Location: Sabang Beach